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Janet Block Receives Education Foundation’s First Parker Love of Teaching Award

Amidst the sound of a resounding drum roll and the voices of excited children, The Oakwood Schools Foundation presented Mrs. Janet Block, Lange Kindergarten teacher with the first ever Parker Love of Teaching and Lifelong Learning Award during Lange’s year end closing ceremony. Mrs. Block has been a Kindergarten teacher in the School District for 15 years and at Lange School since it opened in 2000.

Mrs. Block received letters of nomination from parents of her former students as well as staff members at Lange. Letters of support flowed in from other parents, administrators and former students. One nominator reflected, “Mrs. Block has mastered creating a daily adventure for kindergarteners from the moment they enter her exciting classroom. The loving and supportive environment she establishes each year is extraordinary.” Another shared with appreciation, “Her dedication and patience with our youngest learners is unmatched. Mrs. Block’s teaching style is the epitome of differentiated instruction. Each year she takes an unknown “commodity” and in her skilled and magical way meets all of their needs and makes them more than ready for first grade. More importantly, she has also instilled formative, positive life skills.”

“Three of my children had Mrs. Block,” reminisced one parent, “and I was able to volunteer in the classroom many mornings. What I saw was amazing. What I find so unique and inspiring is that Mrs. Block seems to LOVE every student. She has high expectations for her students and gets them to work hard, pay attention and behave by encouraging them and loving them.”

“Mrs. Block embraces new experiences with a wonderful sense of curiosity and fun. Her endeavors exemplify her commitment to always improve upon herself and make a difference in the lives of others,” observed a District Administrator. A former student

included these words of appreciation in his letter of support, “Mrs. Block was the best teacher ever. She made Kindergarten a very fun and enjoyable year. On my “Favorite Teacher List,” Mrs. Block has had the top position for the past six years. She made me learn faster than I ever have before.”

The Foundation congratulates Mrs. Block on being the first recipient of The Parker Love of Teaching Award and thanks all the parents, students, teachers and administrators who nominated teachers and wrote letters of support. The enthusiastic response we received in response to The Parker Love of Teaching Award is a testament to the excellent teachers we are privileged to have in the Oakwood School District. Special thanks to Bev Parker for her generosity, vision and establishing this important award.